This one day tour begins, as with Tour number three, along the Victorian Surf Coast exploring scenic ocean beaches and headlands, coastal heathlands and woodlands.
Spending more time here gives you a greater chance of connecting with more of the elusive heathland birds and also to drive further along the scenic Great Ocean Road into the taller, denser forest of the Otway Ranges near Lorne and Wye River.
This beautiful forest of towering Gums and giant Tree Ferns, similar to those found east of Melbourne in the Great Dividing Range, deliver yet another suite of potential bird species, such as Satin Bowerbird, Australian King Parrot, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Olive Whistler, Crescent Honeyeater, Bassian Thrush, Forest Raven and seasonally other wet forest species such as Rose Robin, Rufous Fantail and Satin Flycatcher.
Time spent this far west also gives us a very high chance of seeing the iconic Koala. The day concludes with a drive of around One hour and 40 minutes back to Melbourne.
Firetail Birdwatching Tours with guide Simon Starr is Victoria’s longest running specialist guided bird-watching company with most tours starting and finishing in Melbourne.
Firetail Birdwatching Tours offer a wide variety of guided birdwatching, bird photography and general nature tours throughout the year across Melbourne, Victoria and South-Eastern Australia. Transport in a comfortable four wheel drive vehicle. Use of a Swarovski ATX95 telescope. Local knowledge gained after 25 years of exploring this region. Checklists provided. Drinks and snacks provided
For every tour Simon takes into account the widely varying conditions that occur here in Australia as well as catering to individual interests, to maximize sightings and give you the best experience possible.
Victoria is Australia’s smallest mainland state but one of its best kept secrets, where it is possible to visit all of South East Australia’s important habitats within just a few hours driving with 400 species recorded annually. Their website Birding Victoria includes a huge amount of information on birding sites plus links and resources. Last year's Annual 10 day Megatour run every November recorded 283 species.
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